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New arts building planned for Grayling

Grayling Main Street

AuSable Artisan Villiage is opening a second location in Grayling to create a Performing Arts Center and Clay Studio.

According to a news release, the nonprofit organization is hoping for community support as they start the renovation process with a goal to raise $50,000 by July 31.

If the AAV is able to raise the $50,000, the Michigan Department of Economic Developments, who is supporting the campaign, says they will match the community-raised funds.

The new space will be a multipurpose arts center. The area will include a performance section which will have a stage and seating.

Along with the performance section, the new building will have a studio for pottery. The studio portion of the building will have classes and events. The front of the building will include a retail store to showcase the different artists in the area.

“We have the experience to make a project like this come to life,” AAV Executive Director Terry Dickinson said in a news release. “We started in 2011, with a vacant building and a vision and it has developed into a successful art gallery that doubles as a destination for performances, events and art classes for all ages. We are ready to double our footprint and our impact on the community with this new venture.”

The AAV said people can help support by donating money, spreading the word and volunteering to assist with the renovation process.

You can donate to the renovation process at